Universities Week and Adult Learners’ Week 2014

Putting some of the Richard III projects to one side for a moment, I thought I would write about the events of the next two weeks that I have been working on with colleagues.

Firstly, Universities Week 2014 is 9-15 June.    Universities Week is run by Universities UK to highlight the research that takes place in our universities and the differences this research makes to everyone’s lives on a daily basis.  This year we have a stand going down to the Natural History Museum as part of the Universities Week events, and this same stand will be in the Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester on Saturday 14th June.   Come down and have a look.  It is called Rotten Fish and Fossils and is a chance to see how rotting fish can provide evidence of evolution.   The stand also includes a chance to dig for fossils.
As well as public events next week, we also have a teacher CPD session being hosted by Leicester Cathedral called The King in the Classroom.  This session is designed to show local teachers how Richard III can be used in project based learning and in other areas of the curriculum.  We are aiming to provide more inspiration and resources for teachers so that the topic doesn’t get stuck in a rut of Plantagenets versus Tudors.
And on campus on 14th June is the Focus on Medicine Open Day for any students thinking about studying medicine with us.

Secondly, Adult Learners’ Week is 14-20 June.  We will begin this week on the stand in the Highcross Shopping Centre again.   As well as the Rotten Fish and Fossils stand you will be able to get information on courses that the University offers as part-time, distance learning and evening classes.   We will also be able to let you know about taster classes taking place on campus during the following week.  More information on that is here.

After those two weeks there are more open days and more events to come!

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